This is an original Currier and Ives titled "'Hung Up,' With The Starch Out." It is a black and white lithograph with hand coloring printed on wove paper. It was published in 1878 and is after a drawing by Thomas Worth who was one of Currier and Ives' leading artists. The "'Hung Up'" part refers to the driver of the wrecked surrey who is hanging from a branch in a tree. This driver, a minister, has just been run over by the escaping driver. The second driver is in a wagon that is loaded with barrels of alcoholic beverage that are falling off as he makes his hasty getaway. The reference to "Starch Out" is a 19th Century term for the victim having his underwear revealed. We found this print as it is now offered, in a 19th Century frame of the type that was used for Currier and Ives lithographs. At some point the frame was refinished. We kept the old wood backing but added a sheet of acid free barrier paper to keep the back board separated from the print.
Condition is very good. The frame was refinished at some point and the paper has very minor toning which is uniform throughout, therefore not visually noticeable or detracting.
Measurements are: print sheet, 10 1/8 inches x 14 1/8 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 13 1/2 inches x 17 1/2 inches. (We have given the sheet size since this lithograph is a vignette, having no line borders.)
This Currier and Ives is a very original and untouched package and would make a nice addition to any collection, either historical or humorous. It also is a splendid example of 19th Century print making.
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